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San Diego Businesses, Homeowners Brace For More Rain

People fill sandbags at Mission Beach Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, 2015.
Erik Anderson
People fill sandbags at Mission Beach Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, 2015.
San Diego Businesses, Homeowners Brace For More Rain
San Diego Businesses, Homeowners Brace For More Rain
A brief lull between storms gave local residents a chance to clean up and prepare for the next deluge.
Sign offering free sandbags on the door of San Diego Fire Station 21, Jan. 6, 2016.
Erik Anderson
Sign offering free sandbags on the door of San Diego Fire Station 21, Jan. 6, 2016.

The storms moving through San Diego County gave the region a respite on Wednesday morning, allowing some to recover from Tuesday's deluge.

The first big storm of the week had people scrambling for sandbags.

Ryan Selman got some to help protect Maker Place, a do-it-yourself workshop on Morena Boulevard.

The business was drenched when the heavy rain hit on Tuesday.

"It was waves coming off the roof. The gutter systems are pretty small to be able to handle the volume that was coming out of the sky yesterday," Selman said.

Add a clogged drain and water inundated the 14,000-square-foot workshop. Crews worked frantically to protect millions of dollars worth of equipment. Selman said he hoped a drain cleaning and extra sandbags would prevent a repeat performance.

Colleen Leners was hoping to avoid a similar situation at her San Diego home.

"When we had that big deluge...what was it? Like an inch in two hours? The storm drains in the back yard - the drainage area - could not keep up with the water coming through, so it started coming up into the patio, into the house," Leners said.

Leners picked up sandbags at Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach with hopes that a pump and the bags will keep her dry when the next storm hits.

Firefighters said they distributed thousands of bags on Tuesday and hundreds more on Wednesday.

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